According to the New York Daily News, the Yankees are prepared to promote David Adams from Triple-A next week and have him take over the Yankees third base job until Kevin Youkilis comes off the disabled list.
Because of the Yankees 40-man roster crunch, the team released and re-signed Adams at the end of spring training. By putting him through release waivers – rather than designating him for assignment – the Yankees believed they had a better chance of keeping Adams, and the move worked as Adams cleared waivers and re-signed.
But the maneuver also left the Yankees unable to bring Adams to the major leagues before May 15.
Mark Feinsand reports that, on that date, the Yankees are expecting to bring Adams to the big leagues and give him regular at-bats. Without Youkilis, the team has leaned on Jayson Nix and Chris Nelson at third base, while the infield has gotten so thin that even Vernon Wells got an inning at third.
As the regular third baseman for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Adams is hitting .314/.404/.477 with six doubles, two home runs and a triple. He’s also seen a little bit of time at second base — where he played regularly until late last season — and at first base, adding a bit of versatility for a team that’s played Robinson Cano every day and has no backup for Lyle Overbay.
As for who goes down, it would seem either Nelson or Ben Francisco could be DFA candidate to open both a 40-man and 25-man roster spot.